Did You Know In 1996 Al Gore Recognized Aseptic Package Sustainability In 1996, the aseptic package received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, the only package ever to receive this coveted environmental prize. At a White House ceremony, the then Vice President Al Gore recognized the aseptic package for its earth-smart profile and commended the aseptic packaging industry for demonstrating "extended responsibility through a product's life cycle and an outstanding contribution to a sustainable future."

Sometimes called the "drink box," the aseptic package is a lightweight, energy efficient example of minimal packaging (typically 96% product to 4% packaging, by weight) that is being recycled in a growing number of communities across the USA and Canada. In addition, aseptic packaging retains flavour and nutrients, and allows traditionally perishable products (such as fresh milk) to stay unrefrigerated and shelf-stable for up to six months.

United States Vice-president Al Gore presenting the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development to Dennis Jönsson when he was President and CEO of Tetra Pak USA in 1996 (today Dennis Jönsson is President and CEO of the Tetra Pak Group).  Others from left to right include Ed Klein, Vice President Environment, Tetra Pak USA; and Marshall Cohen, Executive Director of the Aseptic Packaging Council.